Tons of awesome new music has come out in the past few months. Most of this post will consist of artists we have been following for some time. Here is a little refresher course in case y'all missed anything.
Let's start things up right. Hip-hop head Logic has finally emerged with his first official full length album, and with it burst from the underground and into the main stream. Under Pressure debuted on the Billboard album chart at No. 5!
alt-j released their second studio album to (mostly) very positive reviews. This Is All Yours jumps between crushingly catchy pop songs to very laid back woo-ing with a few throw backs to An Awesome Wave sprinkled in here and there as well. Over all it's a great listen.
Math rockers Minus The Bear have also put out an album, and while it technically might not be "new" it's still new to me. The appropriately named Lost Loves is a collection of rare and unreleased tracks from all over their long career. For any major fan of Minus The Bear this is essential listening.
You know him, you love him. Shakey Graves' And The War Came is finally here. Seriously if you don't already have it what are you waiting for?
Bluegrass speedsters Trampled By Turtles have also been hard at work with the release of Wild Animals. While it seems that every new album TBT puts out brings them a little further away from their breakneck speed antics of old, it isn't a bad thing. Wild Animals excels at slow, deliberate, and sometimes haunting folk songs that are a thing of rare beauty.
Here's a fun game: Play Umphrey's Mcgee's new album to a group of people and see if they can guess what band it is. I've had such surprising answers as Sevendust ("Little Gift") and Nine Inch Nails ("Hindsight"). As crazy as that sounds (and it is pretty crazy) Umphrey's McGee has put together a solid and true "rock" album with Similar Skin. Sometimes it's nice to see a band step out of their comfort zone.